Home Run Baby Shower

Last weekend, ML and I hosted a vintage baseball-themed baby shower for our friend KB.  She and her husband are huge St. Louis Cardinals fans, so what better theme to celebrate their baby boy!  I designed these invitations inspired by a vintage baseball ticket.  They are now available for...

Origami Japanese Paper Doll Feb02

Origami Japanese Pap...

Well, hello again!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted!  I’ve keeping myself pretty busy trying to learn Japanese.  I mean, if you’re going to learn another language, why not pick the most complicated one in the world?! Last weekend, we had the pleasure of...

Recent Illustrations

Hello there…!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve been busy busy with lots of illustrations and graphic projects for friends and Etsy customers.  I’ve added several items to my Etsy shop — here’s a quick peak at what I’ve been working...

Butterfly Bedroom Jul27

Butterfly Bedroom

I’m in the process of designing a butterfly bedroom for my friend, EH’s little girl’s room.  She has the Lindsey Quilted Butterfly Bedding from Pottery Barn (shown below) in her sweet little four-year-old’s room.  It is the epitome of girly — sweet, pink, and...

City Collages Jul15

City Collages

For the past few years, I’ve keep a sketchbook that I use for everyday notes, ideas, lists, and, of course, sketches.  I carry it with me everywhere and, recently, it has been filling up with notes taken during Japanese language lessons.  As I travel, I also add collages of each city I visit.  You know all those maps, brochures, and tickets you collect when traveling?  I have always hated throwing all that good information away; you just never know when you’re going to want to look at it again!  Of course, I never actually look at it again, so I’ve decided to save some of it in my sketchbook by cutting it up and...

World Map for Nurser...

I’ve added another illustration to my Etsy shop – a whimsical world map designed for a nursery or kid’s room.  This map will inspire kids to dream of adventures around the world!  The 18×24″ print would make a great baby shower gift or birthday present and is...

Pinboard Map Jun19

Pinboard Map

In just a few weeks, my family is coming to visit us in Japan!  I’ve been planning the “Lewis Family’s Epic Japanese Adventure” for the past couple months and I wanted to have a map of the country on display when they come visit so they can see exactly where...

Hagi Yaki Jun10

Hagi Yaki

Last weekend, we ventured out of the Iwakuni-shi area and took a day trip up to Hagi, a historic town on the other side of the island known for its special type of pottery.  Hagi yaki (yaki means pottery) is a type of glazed, high-fired stoneware especially famous for its milky white...

Hoosier Heritage Map

My latest illustration is complete!  My new friend here in Iwakuni, KM, who is also a Hoosier girl, is expecting a little one in a couple months and her baby shower was last week.  Since she no longer lives in Indiana (and with a Marine for a husband, she probably won’t for a while),...

Rose Garden at Hachigamine Park May30

Rose Garden at Hachi...

The roses at Hachigamine Park are in full bloom!  For a few weeks in mid-May, the park comes alive with thousands of fragrant blossoms.  Luckily, my friend MR knew about this little known park (okay, so it’s probably little known only to us Americans) and was willing to play tour...

Undokai Sports Day May29

Undokai Sports Day

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend undokai, Japanese field day for school kids.  One of my neighbors attends the local elementary school that put on this undokai, and she participated in the events.  Undokai is a huge event for the local kids – all their parents and grandparents come to watch and it lasted all day – from 8:00am until at least 3:30 or 4:00pm.  All the school kids were divided into two teams, the red and white.  Each event was scored and the points tallied to determine an overall winner. My favorite event was the one shown above – a game similar to the American game of “chicken”.  The red...

Ikebana Flower Arran...

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending an ikebana class.  Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement.  The Japanese American Society on base hosts a class once a week with a wonderful sensei, Kuniko, who is a master of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, one of the...

Cherry Blossom Festival Apr08

Cherry Blossom Festi...

The Cherry Blossom Festival was this weekend here in Iwakuni, and yesterday was the perfect 60 degree and sunny day to get out and enjoy the festivities. The festival is held annually at the Kintai Bridge which spans the Nishiki river.  The Kintai, one of the most famous bridges in...